From an AP report tonight:
Clemens is the second-oldest pitcher to start a Series game, behind Jack Quinn, who was 46 years, 3 months, 7 days when he pitched for the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics. If Clemens wins, he’ll eclipse Dolf Luque of the New York Giants as the oldest pitcher to win a Series game. Clemens is 15 days older than Luque was when he got the win in the finale of the 1933 Series against Washington.
Clemens and Luque share Aug. 4 as their birthday, but Luque won on Oct. 7 while Clemens will be pitching on Oct. 22.
In another coincidence, Luque was born in Havana, also the birthplace of Contreras, who played with Clemens on the 2003 Yankees. That team made it to the World Series but lost to Florida.
“I have to thank Roger very much because in Cuba I was throwing a two-seam fastball and he taught me how to throw a four-seam fastball,” Contreras said through a translator. “Every time I did something wrong with my mechanics, he helped he correct my errors.”
Mo Rivera has to teach Tanyon Sturtze the cutter.
Sheffield has to tell Leiter that he’s tipping pitches.
Joe Kerrigan has to be brought in to fix Randy Johnson.
And, now, we hear that Clemens had to teach Contreras to change the grip on his fastball.
Note also that Jose said “Every time I did something wrong with my mechanics, he (Clemens) helped he correct my errors.”
Hmmmm. Let’s see: Contreras in 2003, with Clemens as a teammate being his “helper,” actually was a productive pitcher – according to the stats. In 2004, in New York without Clemens to “correct” him, Contreras pitched so poorly that the team was happy to give him away – for just about nothing.
Just what did Mel Stottlemyre do with the Yankees pitchers while he was in New York?